Your Voices Matter!
After a three-year process, Worcester’s Urban Agriculture Ordinance is moving forward!
It will be vetted at the Planning Board Hearing on May 3rd at 5:30 pm in the Levi Lincoln Room of City Hall.
Your testimony and presence will make a difference in passing this ordinance.
Why might you care?
Are you an aspiring small farmer?
The Urban Ag Ordinance grants the right to farm in certain zones throughout the city, and allows farming by permit in many others.
Are you a beekeeper?
We are working with the city to fine tune the beekeeping regulations. Your voice and opinion is vital here!
Are you an avid gardener who might like to sell some of what you grow?
The city ordinance makes provisions for on-site farm stands to allow sales from your garden.
Are you a foodie who would like more fresh local produce in your neighborhood?
More local farms means more fresh produce available in your neighborhood and throughout the city.
Are you a business that depends on access to local foods, or would like to feature local produce more prominently in your retail or restaurant operation?
This ordinance will increase access to high-quality, locally grown produce in the city for consumers and businesses.
City Manager Augustus eloquently stated, “Urban agriculture can improve access to fresh, locally grown foods, put vacant or underutilized land to productive use, and has the potential to create economic and entrepreneurial opportunities.”
The Worcester Urban Agriculture Ordinance embraces zoning changes that will support small scale gardeners, community gardens and food entrepreneurs who wish to farm commercially in Worcester.
Please come and share your story about why we need to pass urban agriculture!
If you can’t come but have something to say, send an email … we can read your remarks. Please email testimony to firstname.lastname@example.org, and please include your zip code to show city residency.
Thank you so much!
Manager of the Worcester Food Policy Council